Author: Joel CorkerYour small kitchen ideas don’t have to be restricted by the limited space you have. With some creative thinking, smart planning, and utilising clever design choices, you can create your dream kitchen that is both stylish and functional. Smart small kitchen ideas make the most of the existing space you have while making the space somewhere you want to socialise and cook in.

10 Small Kitchen Ideas to Make The Most of Your Space

To make the most of your limited floor space, you can implement some smart kitchen ideas that focus on making efficient use of your existing space. Along with making smart choices in your kitchen’s layout and functionality, there are several creative decorating choices you can make that help to make a smaller kitchen feel bigger and more open.

1. Design Your Kitchen Around Windows

Smaller kitchens can sometimes feel a little bit dark and cramped, especially if you have dark finishings, cupboards, and surfaces. When designing a small new kitchen, making the design revolve around windows and natural lighting can help to brighten up the space. Opting to incorporate roof windows or skylights can make a smaller room feel much taller, by opening up the ceiling and flooding the room with natural light. An additional benefit of having roof windows or skylights integrated into your kitchen is that they can be opened to increase the natural ventilation in the room, which can be useful to help clear smoke or steam when cooking. It’s important to remember with any kitchen ideas you want to implement, that apart from style, they should be functional and suit your lifestyle too.

2. Make Use of Built-In Appliances

When you have a small kitchen, typically, you need all the floor space you can get. Utilising built-in appliances when you can help to make your kitchen feel less visually cluttered, and frees up more floor space. While built-in appliances do free up floor space, it does come at the cost of taking up more cupboard space, so you might need to start using some smarter storage methods in conjunction with this.

3. Use Smart Storage

Utilising savvy storage ideas when designing a small kitchen is key. Building shelves on your walls can be a great way to gain additional storage for your kitchen, without taking up floor space or room on your countertop.  A white wall has a black and brown shelf fixed to it, which store various plates, bowls, and cooking pots Another great way to save room on your countertop is to install a rail onto one of your walls, which can be combined with hooks so that you can store large cooking utensils like serving spoons, spatulas, and ladles. Additionally, if you opt to use a bench against a wall for some of your seating, you can make use of storage under the bench too. Finding any little ways to make items multipurpose will help you to maximise your small kitchen space without making it feel cluttered.

4. Focus on Building Up

With small kitchens, space is a precious commodity, yet people often don’t make enough use of the vertical space they have. That's why, when it comes to thinking of ideas for your small kitchen, making use of your kitchen’s vertical space is the way to go. Having appliances in-built and stacked on top of each other can save a lot of counter space, a common example of this you see in kitchens is a microwave placed above an oven.

5. Use Lighter Colours

We already mentioned how using roof windows can help to make your kitchen feel brighter and more open. This effect can be amplified when used in combination with painting your kitchen in a lighter colour scheme. light coloured kitchen, featuring handleless cupboards and a light grey wall. In the foreground there are lemons and herbs on the surface Lighter colour walls and surfaces reflect more light than darker surfaces, which can make even smaller rooms feel bigger, and more inviting. This effect isn’t just limited to your walls, but also your countertops and cupboards. The more surfaces that are light in colour, the more effectively the room will reflect light. Something to bear in mind is if you have glossy surfaces, as these surfaces will reflect light but could also result in glare from your indoor lighting. To get around this, you could opt for matted surfaces.

Natural Shades

Using lighter colours doesn’t just limit you to white or off-white. It is currently trendy in modern kitchens to utilise natural shades and materials, such as light woods or lighter stone colours. This can help your kitchen to feel more natural, which compliments natural lighting.

6. Utilise Vertical Lines

A clever small kitchen idea you can implement which makes a room feel bigger is making use of vertical lines that lead to the ceiling. These vertical lines naturally draw the eye upwards, towards the ceiling, which makes the ceiling's height feel much taller than it actually is. Another benefit of this is that eyes are drawn to the patterns on the wall too, so can help to distract from any clutter in your kitchen. This can be achieved by decorating your walls with wallpaper or tiles, or by having cupboards that feature vertical lines or indents. 

7. Flooring That Works For Small Kitchens

When it comes to your kitchen floor, you’ve probably thought about it needing to be functional, such as being hard-wearing and easy to clean. But what you’ve probably not thought about is how the floor in your kitchen impacts how big the room feels. But choosing the right type of flooring can make a surprising difference. When coming up with small kitchen ideas, include a floor that is lighter in colour, but also features a larger pattern, for example, large tiles.

8. Organise Your Cutlery

Investing in a cutlery drawer divider is a cheap and great way to not only keep your drawer nice and tidy, but also can be used to store utensils that you might have previously kept in a pot on your countertop. It might not seem like a big ‘hack’ to help maximise your kitchen’s space, but utilising a number of these smaller hacks can result in a big difference.

9. Go Handless

In recent years, more and more people have been implementing handleless cupboards and drawers in their kitchens. This is because it has less visual ‘clutter’ without the handles being present, as well as creating a ‘smoother’ finish across the overall kitchen. This concept works well for small kitchen designs, as the minimalistic look helps the room to feel less busy, and when used in combination with other ideas on this list, can make your small kitchen feel more open.

10. Sometimes Less is More

When planning your new kitchen layout and design, it’s worth remembering that sometimes less is more. It can be easy to try to get excited about building your new kitchen and try to include too many features and ideas you’ve seen. But in a smaller space, it can sometimes make the room feel too busy and cluttered. It’s worth experimenting with taking away certain decorations and seeing how it impacts the room.

Use Personal Storage While You're Decorating

While you’re decorating your new kitchen, especially if you’re working with limited space, it is recommended to move anything you don’t need out of the room. This not only gives you more space but stops your belongings from being damaged or dirtied during the remodelling process. For times like these, choosing to use a personal storage unit can be very helpful, giving you the space you need that guarantees your belongings stay in great condition. Here at ANVSJ, we have a wide range of personal storage units you can use for both long and short terms, starting from as little as £17.30 per week. We supply our storage units in a number of different locations across the country. See how we can help make remodelling your small kitchen easier today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best-shaped kitchen for a small space?

The U-shaped layout is considered the best choice for kitchens, even in small areas, as this maximises the amount of floor space you get. While this design may result in two deep corner cabinets, innovative cabinet additions like sliding storage units, or L-shaped shelving can effectively maximise storage in these previously challenging areas.

What colour is suitable for a small kitchen?

With a small kitchen, opting to choose lighter colours is typically more suitable. This is because the lighter colours will help to make the room feel bigger and more open by reflecting light when compared to a darker colour. This effect is increased when combined with many windows so that lots of natural light can be introduced and reflected.Storing sports equipment can be inconvenient. It often takes up a lot of space, particularly for things we can only use at certain times of the year. Some equipment is much more delicate than others and storing away correctly often takes a little prep work - however, it will be worth it in the long run. In this post, we go through how to make sure your sports gear is stored properly to make sure it is kept in good condition and lasts as long as possible. A close-up shot of golf clubs in a golf bag

Golf club storage

How to prepare your golf clubs for storage

Ensure each club is cleaned properly with warm water and a towel, ideally a microfibre cloth. Scrub off any grass stains, dirt, or marks off and make sure they are completely dry before storing to prevent rust damage. When you have prepared your clubs for storage, it is important to keep them in a cool, dry place when not in use. A good place people store their clubs is in their garage or shed at home. If your garage reaches freezing temperature in winter, this can sometimes cause the grips to dry out and harden or crack. During the winter periods, it may be worthwhile considering storing them in a storage facility to ensure they are protected properly and to save some space.

Can I store my golf clubs in my car?

Golf clubs should never be stored in the boot of your car - even if it is just for a few days. For starters, they can easily pick up dints and scratches whilst moving around in the back as you drive around. Secondly, car boots and get very hot, particularly on sunny days. This can cause the glue on the grip to lose strength over time, along with the epoxy that keeps the head attached to the shaft. 

How to store your golf clubs properly

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Bike storage

How to prepare your bike for storage

To make sure your bike is ready for storage, take off all of your water bottles, accessories, and any devices. Store these in a warm, dry place to make sure they are preserved properly. Make sure the bike is properly cleaned, leaving no dirt or grime on there that could cause corrosion. Next, after cleaning the bike, it is important to lubricate the chain and cables. This provides additional protection on parts of the bike that can be particularly vulnerable to damages. Finally, pump the tires up, even if you won't be riding for a while. This helps to make sure the tyres preserve their shape without any deformations. If storing your bike inside without hanging, it is better to not rest it on a concrete floor such as a basement or garage as concrete can draw moisture from the tyres.

Can I hang my bike on its wheels?

Bike wheels are designed to withstand weights much more than that of a bike frame, so this is absolutely fine to store a bike hanging by its wheels. In fact, this is often best practice as there is no pressure being placed on the tires. 

Can I store my bike outdoors?

This should only ever be the case if you have no other options. If your bike is new or high-end, it is likely to have better protection in outdoor conditions. If it is an older bike or cheaper bike, however, it could have parts more likely to corrode due to seals being worn out easier. If you are going to store your bike outside, use a cover to protect it from rain and moisture and maintain it regularly. If you know you won't be using it for a while, think about using a self-storage unit to make sure it is kept safe.

How to store your bike properly

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Kayak and paddle board storage

How to prepare your kayak or paddle board for storage

Start by making sure your kayak or paddle board equipment is cleaned and dried properly. Make sure all the salt, grime, grit or dirt is removed. If you are storing for a short while you can rinse it using fresh water, but for longer periods it would be better to clean with soap or another cleaning product. It is always a good idea to check the manufacturer's recommendations. Next, you need to dry it - using a microfibre towel would be ideal for this. It is better to not leave it in direct sunlight. It is important to make sure everywhere is dried before storage to prevent mould growing. It is recommended to store a kayak or paddleboard inside to protect it against the elements, alongside animals and insects. Try to find a cool, dry place such as a shed or garage if possible.

Can you store your kayak or paddle board outside?

You can store your kayak or paddle board outside if you absolutely have to, but this is not recommended. Try to keep it covered up, out of the sun, and preferably off of the ground if storing outside.

How to store your kayak or paddle board properly

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Home gym storage

How to prepare gym equipment for storage

It's important to clean and wipe down your gym equipment before storing it away. If you are tight on space, it might be helpful to store smaller bits and bobs such as weights or resistance bands in a container or box. Larger equipment, such as treadmills or similar, should be stored in a dry area like a garage or basement if possible.

Can I store my gym equipment outside?

This depends on what the equipment is. It is recommended to not store anything with any moving parts outside, as the moisture can get in the cracks of these and form rust. It is however possible to store certain gym equipment outdoors if maintained correctly - however storing inside would generally be much better.

How to store gym equipment properly

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Ball sports storage

How to prepare ball sports equipment for storage

For storing ball sports equipment such as football, rugby, and basketball, it is first a good idea to ensure the ball is cleaned and dried properly. Let a little air out of the ball before storing it away to make it last longer when you are actually using it. For equipment such as football goals, basketball hoops, and similar, these also should be cleaned and dried thoroughly and stored in a cool dry place when not in use. 

How to store football, basketball, and rugby equipment

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Sports racket storage

How to prepare racket sports equipment for storage

It is recommended to clean and remove the strings from tennis or badminton rackets before storing them. It's best to place them in a carrying bag or case and store them in a dry area such as a garage or shed. For larger equipment such as table tennis tables, renting a storage unit can provide convenient and secure storage.

How to store your tennis and badminton equipment

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Baseball and cricket equipment storage

How to prepare your cricket and baseball equipment for storage

Make sure your bats, balls, and other bits and pieces are all cleaned properly to prevent any mould growing. For baseball equipment such as gloves and balls, wipe them clean and keep them in a bag. For cricket equipment like bats and pads, wipe them down and store them in a well-ventilated area. Make sure all your gear is dry before putting it away. 

How to store your cricket and baseball equipment

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Ski and snowboard storage

How to prepare ski and snowboard equipment for storage

To store snow sports equipment like snowboards and skis, wipe them down to remove any dirt or debris, or anything else that could make it dirty. It might be worth applying a coat of wax to protect the base and edges before storing them. When ready for storage, put them in a dry and cool location, such as a garage or storage unit.

How to store ski and snowboarding equipment

When to store your sports equipment

In addition to storing different types of sports equipment, it is important to consider when and why you may need to store them. For example, snow sports equipment can be stored in summer when it is not being used, while outdoor sports equipment may be stored during the winter months. Students may also need to store their equipment whilst moving in between properties or outside of term time. Self-storage units can be a great option for secure and convenient storage. A row of storage units with green doors

Why you should consider a storage unit for sports equipment

Storing your sports gear takes a bit of preparation, but it's well worth the effort. By following the tips above, you can keep your sports gear in good condition and make sure it lasts as long as possible. Consider using storage facilities like self-storage units to make the process more convenient and organised. With proper storage, your equipment will be ready and waiting for your next adventure.

Storing your sports equipment with ANVSJ

We have various storage facilities spread across Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire to cater for your needs. Our locations include Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Goole, Brigg, and Market Rasen. With plenty of options available, we are able to offer an affordable sports equipment storage solution.Having extra space available at home to use for storage can be a luxury, especially in smaller homes like flats. Over time, people tend to start amassing more things within their homes, and when floor space is at a premium, this can start to clutter your home quickly. Opting to use a self-storage unit can be a great way to free up your home. But depending on the storage unit you get, this can be expensive. This article will go over some tips you can use to make the most out of a self-storage unit, while also keeping your costs to a minimum.

How to Save Money on Self-Storage

To save money when using self-storage, be sure to measure the items ahead of time that you want to store, as this will give you a rough estimate of the space required, and therefore means you can choose the smallest unit that will fit your belongings in. Additionally, opting to choose a self-storage unit away from city centres also reduces the costs involved.

Rent a Small Storage Unit

When trying to save money on a self-storage unit, it makes sense that opting to go for the smallest unit you can, while still having the room you need, is the first thing you should consider. It goes without saying that the bigger the storage unit, the more expensive it will be to rent. It can be tricky to balance getting the cheapest unit you can afford, while still having enough space to store your belongings, however, there are some tips and tricks you can start to use to make the most of a small storage unit.

Measure How Much Space You’ll Need

It can be hard to visualise just how much space you will need in a storage unit, too big a storage unit wastes money, and too small means not having enough space to store everything you want. To try and avoid this situation, measure the items you want to store, as this will help to give you a rough idea of how much space you’ll need. You’ll need to measure the width and depth of an item, and then times the two numbers together, this will give you the surface area of your item. For example: If you have a box that is 1 m x 1 m (100 cm x 100 cm), the surface area will be 1 m2  or, 10000 cm2. The smallest storage unit we offer is around 74000 cm2 (7.4 m2) , and has a height of 2.27 m. This means you could fit around 14 of the boxes we measured in this storage unit, with a bit of spare room leftover. To give some ‘real world' context to the numbers, 7.4 m2 is typically enough space for the contents of a standard 1-bedroom flat. It’s worth noting that depending on the storage unit you get, the height may be different, which is something to keep in mind if you have bulky items, like a wardrobe, to store. As a point of reference, our small storage units have a height of 2.27 m, which is typically more than enough for most furniture.

Be Smart with Your Packing

One of the best ways to keep costs down is to rent a small storage unit. To help ensure you can fit as much as you can within your self-storage unit, you’ll have to be smart with how you pack and position your belongings. A storage unit with boxes neatly stacked on top of each other. They sit on blue wooden palettes If you’re unsure about what size self-storage unit you’ll need, then be sure to ask your provider. A good storage unit provider will be able to advise you on what the best storage unit to rent is, based on your needs.

Be Flexible in Your Location

Like with most things, location can impact a small storage unit’s cost. Being in a higher-demand area, or being closer to a city centre, will mean it will be more expensive when looking for a self-storage unit to rent. Opting to go a little further afield, away from the city centres, will help to save money on your self-storage unit. One thing to consider is how you’re transporting your belongings to your storage unit. There is no point in getting a self-storage unit that is cheaper, but too far away for you to easily travel to and access. However, if you have the means to transport your things to a unit that’s further away, you’ll be able to save a good amount of money. While being a bit more expensive, choosing to use a small storage unit closer to a city centre may be the best storage option for students, or if you’re living in a city like London and don’t have a car. It is always worth checking ahead of time if the storage unit provider you have in mind has the right self-storage unit available, in the right location for you, when you need it.

Share a Self-Storage Unit

Even when deciding to go for a small storage unit, you still might have enough belongings that you need to store to fill the unit. If this is the case, which you can roughly figure out ahead of time by measuring as we mentioned earlier, you can always share your storage unit with a friend or family member. Sharing a self-storage unit is a great way to reduce the costs involved with storing your belongings, particularly if you don’t have too many items. Sharing a unit with one other person will cut the weekly price of the unit in half, making it much more affordable. When doing this, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll have to organise who has the keys to the unit, and make sure they’re handed over to the person who needs them. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you need to access your self-storage unit but can’t if the keyholder is away. Finding a friend or family member who already has a storage unit can be a cost-effective way to temporarily gain additional storage if you’d only need the storage for a short amount of time. This can be useful if you need a bit more storage room while moving house.

Save Money on Packing Boxes

When it comes to packing items to go in your self-storage unit, boxes are usually the best option. They make carrying multiple items easier, are easy to label/organise, and can be stacked and placed for maximum space efficiency. But just because boxes are the best option, it doesn’t mean you need to pay a premium for them. There are some easy ways you can save a bit of money on any boxes you might need. Cardboard boxes are stacked on top of each other, leaning against a brown wall

Ask Friends and Family

Before buying boxes of your own, it’s always good to ask your friends and family if they have any boxes that are suitable for moving. Someone may have moved recently or kept their boxes in a garage or loft from a previous move, just in case they need them. In an ideal world, this might supply you with all the boxes you need for free, which can be a huge money saver, depending on how many boxes you need.

Ask Supermarkets and Shops

Another great way to get free boxes for packing is by asking shops or supermarkets. These shops will regularly receive huge deliveries, which typically come in a lot of varying-sized boxes. It might seem a little strange, but asking the staff if they have any boxes you can have is a great way to save some money. Depending on how lucky you get, there might be plenty to choose from, plus you’ll save an employee from having to break them down and throw them in the recycling bin, so you’ll be doing them a favour too.

Save Any Moving Boxes

If possible, after moving homes, try and keep a few of the stronger and bigger boxes if you have room for them. While this won’t help you save money now, you’ll be thanking your past self when it comes to needing boxes to use for packing/storing later on. Be sure to keep the boxes in a safe and dry place to reduce the chance of them getting damp or damaged over time. With any older boxes, whether self-stored or second-hand, be sure to check the integrity of the boxes before using them for packing and storing your belongings. The last thing you want is the bottom to rip or fall out when you’re mid-unloading into your self-storage unit.

Check The Notice Periods

Some providers will have a notice period in place for their self-storage units so you have to give them a minimum time frame when letting them know you are leaving. This period can differ depending on the provider and service. We recommend before renting a small storage unit, that you check what the notice period is, so you’re not hit with a nasty surprise and end up paying for a few more weeks of storage unit use without actually needing it. Once you know the notice period, write it down so that you won’t forget it, as you might not be leaving for months depending on your circumstances.

Conclusion

Using a self-storage unit on a tighter budget is possible, but requires some proactive planning and organisation before renting a unit. Maximising the use of a small storage unit, by measuring ahead of time, mixed with some clever packing, will save you the most money. It is also worth factoring in the location of the storage unit provider, as being closer to a high-demand area like a city centre will be more expensive.

Looking For Cheap Self-Storage?

If you’re looking for budget-friendly small storage units, we offer self-storage units that are available across multiple locations, and at great prices that won’t break the bank. All of our storage unit sizes come with both measurements and real-world examples of what you can fit in them, so you don’t have to struggle with visualising how much a certain square meterage is. If you need any help with choosing the right-sized storage unit or have any questions at all, don’t be afraid to get in touch. Our team of friendly experts will be able to advise you on the best self-storage solution for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest storage option?

The cheapest way to store your own items you don’t have room for at home is to rent the smallest self-storage unit you can and be efficient with how you use the space. Be sure to use the vertical space, not the horizontal, so you’re not wasting space you’ve paid for. Ideally, the storage unit will be away from high-demand areas like city centres. Additionally, sharing a storage space with a friend or family member will dramatically reduce the cost.

How much is a small storage unit?

Our smallest storage unit is 80 ft2 or 7.4 m2 and starts from £17.30 per week. A self-storage unit of this size will typically be enough for the contents of a 1-bedroom flat or house, which is roughly about 150 medium-sized boxes. This can be a great option if you’re looking to move house from a flat or uni accommodation and need a little extra room to store belongings while you move.When a marriage breaks down, the process of determining who gets what isn't always a smooth one, and is often the biggest cause of concern and stress. Read on for a simplified guide to splitting assets in a divorce, and always ensure you consult a solicitor to help with the process.

Where Do You Start?

Going through a divorce is difficult enough as it is, but it can get very complicated if there aren’t agreements in place for how your assets will be divided. When it comes to the question of 'how are assets divided in a divorce', there is unfortunately no one answer. Whether there have been discussions and agreements put in place or not, you will need the help of a professional solicitor to help you settle your divorce, as well as emotional support from family and friends. This will likely be the first step, ensuring you have a professional and personal support system behind you, to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. But what next? Let's look into the different assets involved, and explore further how this works. married couple going through the process of getting a divorce, sitting away from each other

What Do Matrimonial Assets Include?

If you're going through a divorce yourself, this term is likely not a new one for you. Matrimonial assets are normally joint assets that have been acquired during the course of your marriage - this covers everything from a home with shared ownership (and its contents), to your vehicles, savings and pensions.

What are Non-Matrimonial Assets?

These include anything you owned before the marriage or after separation, and generally aren't included in a divorce settlement. There are exceptions to this, and each client's circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

How Does the Process Work?

The first step in the process of dividing assets in divorce is working out the total value of all your matrimonial assets, or the 'yardstick of equity', as it's better known. There is no set method for dealing with a divorce - every situation is different and requires a unique approach. Having said this, the assets you will need to consider during a divorce asset split do often fall into categories. We will explore these categories below.

Your Home

For most people - your main and most valuable asset. This is often the most important thing to come to an agreement on in a divorce, but again there is no set answer as to who gets the family home. Generally speaking, your home should be split 50/50 between the two parties, however it's not always as simple as this. The first, and simplest, method of dividing a marital home is that the property is sold and the equity divided between the two parties. If you and your marital partner have children, the agreement could also be made where one parent continues to live in the home with the children until they have finished full time education, and then the home would need to be divided equally. The other option is that one person keeps the home, and essentially buys the ownership from the other party. This would require the new sole owner to continue the mortgage payments (if you still have a mortgage), as well as paying out the lump sum to the other partner. Note: Other options of splitting a marital home may be possible, and it is important to speak to a solicitor to help with this process.  master bedroom in a family home

Contents of Your Home

Whether you are selling your home or one party is keeping the marital home, dividing the contents can often be an issue between divorcing partners. There are a few ways you can deal with this: Option 1: The main contents of the home (furniture, appliances etc.) are sold along with the house, and then divided equally. Option 2: The contents can be divided so you each have what you need to set up separately. Option 3: The person who keeps the home also keeps all the contents. The other partner will often be owed more money from the divorce as a result. If you're splitting the contents of your home in a divorce and need somewhere to store furniture and other items whilst you're finding and setting up your new home, you may want to look at storage options near you. At ANVSJ, we offer self storage containers around South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire - find your nearest storage units here. Man taping up a cardboard storage box, as if he is moving out of the house

Your Pension

Whether you're going to each keep your own pension or split the value, this is another asset you need to consider when going through a divorce. If your pensions are split, this isn't necessarily divided equally, as it can compensate for things like one person having a smaller pension due to not earning as much, or to make up for the fact that one partner is going to be keeping the house or other assets.

Hidden Assets

What happens if you suspect your partner has assets they haven't disclosed? Your solicitor will be able to advise on the best approach to deal with this, whether it's contacting their bank or HMRC regarding their accounts, freezing their account to stop them disposing money, or looking into whether money has been transferred to family or friends to hide it in the divorce.

Exploring Different Approaches to a Divorce Asset Split

As mentioned above, for each asset there are different ways it can be split depending on your circumstances and preferences. Having a reliable solicitor will be key for ensuring assets are divided fairly, so consult them with any questions you have regarding the process.

Going Through a Divorce Yourself? See How We Can Help

Where does ANVSJ fit into this? We provide affordable, secure and clean self storage units - taking the stress out of finding somewhere to store your assets (such as furniture and other belongings) whilst you're in the process of getting divorced and sorting a place to live. Find more information on pricing and locations for our self storage units on our website, or get in touch with our friendly team on 01709 701155if you need further assistance. A man and a woman dividing their belongings into cardboard boxes [contact-form-7 id="649" title="Contact Us Blog"] Looking for secure and convenient self storage solutions in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire? ANVSJ provides trusted storage services for personal goods, business items, and vehicles. Explore their advanced security measures, flexible options, and competitive pricing for a seamless storage experience. Convenience and Accessibility: ANVSJ offers easily accessible self storage facilities in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Brigg, Whitley Bridge (Goole), Market Rasen, and Rotherham. With strategically located depots, ANVSJ ensures convenient access to your stored items and vehicles, tailored to your location in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, or Lincolnshire. Advanced Security Measures: Rest easy knowing that ANVSJ prioritizes the security and protection of your belongings. Their storage facilities feature 24/7 surveillance cameras, access control systems, and secure fencing, ensuring a safe environment for your stored items. Versatility and Flexibility: ANVSJ understands the diverse storage needs of individuals and businesses. Their self storage containers are available in various sizes to accommodate different volumes of personal goods and business items. Additionally, ANVSJ provides secure vehicle storage options, catering to a range of vehicles, from bikes to lorries. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the duration and size of your storage space based on your specific requirements. Competitive Pricing: ANVSJ offers cost-effective self storage solutions in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire. Their competitive pricing ensures exceptional value for your investment. Benefit from their transparent and affordable pricing structure, allowing you to budget effectively for your storage needs. Conclusion: Experience secure and convenient self storage solutions in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire with ANVSJ. Their advanced security measures, flexible options, and competitive pricing make them a reliable choice for storing personal goods, business items, and vehicles. Visit ANVSJ.co.uk to learn more about their services and find the nearest ANVSJ depot. Trust ANVSJ to safeguard and protect your valued belongings and vehicles with their trusted storage facilities.Let’s face it, moving house is one of the most stressful things someone can do in their lifetime. The physical work of transporting possessions to a new place, and the mental challenge of ensuring all paperwork and admin are sorted, isn’t something you’d like to do every day. To try and make your move as easy as possible, ANVSJ has created the ultimate moving house checklist for you to go through. This hopefully should remove the stress of the unknown, and you can look down the list and ensure everything has been ticked off.

Your moving house checklist

Everything included in the checklist is essential to most people's moving process. There may be some items we’ve missed, as they don’t apply to everyone. However, these are the essentials that you must tick off to move house.

1. Research your move

Before taking a leap of faith and moving, you’ve got to do your research and ensure you’ve considered everything before moving house. Everyone's reasons for moving are different, you could be moving location for a work opportunity, moving into a house with more space if you’re a growing family, or moving into a smaller, more manageable home. Whatever your reasons, it’s important to know why you’re moving, so you can sort a priority list of what you’re looking for in a new home.

Things to consider before moving

Here are some common things to consider or use in your filter when searching for a new home:
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2. Arrange a survey of your new property

Getting a survey of the property you’re looking to purchase will help you discover if there’s anything else that hasn’t been included in the description of the property. A survey is an essential part of the property buying process and highlights potential issues such as:

3. Finalise contracts

As soon as you’ve agreed on a price for the property, completed your survey and all the paperwork, it’s time to finalise and exchange contracts. Once contracts are exchanged, you’ll officially own the property and will be free to do what you wish with the land you now own. This is potentially something you may need to discuss with the people who are moving out of the property you’re buying, as a property chain may hold back the completion of the sale.

4. Confirm your move-in date

As soon as you own the property, and you have the keys, you’ll have to decide what your move-in date is. Because, at this point, you have the keys and own the property, there isn’t a hard date you have to move in by. However, there are a few things to consider beforehand.

Are you in a chain?

If you’re in a chain, you might have a fixed date of when you need to move out of your existing property. Ideally, you might have a couple of days to do the moving process, you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you accumulate. Assuming you only have the day to move from one house to the next, organising how you’re going to transport your belongings, especially large appliances and furniture, is key. As soon as you know your date, get something booked in - this could be movers, a van hire or renting a personal storage unit to keep some bigger things while you move.

If you are chain free

Being chain free makes the moving process a lot less stressful because there is less pressure to get everything moved in one day. Whether it’s moving from a rented property, or from your parents, having extra time to move in makes the process significantly easier. It’ll give you time to make sure you haven’t missed anything, and in the case of renting, gives you time to clean and do any little touch-ups, so you can get your deposit back.

5. Let the right people and companies know you’re moving

When moving house, one thing that is important to get sorted as soon as possible is letting various providers and services change your address. There is always more than you think, and it can be easy to lose track of, so we’ve made a checklist to help make things easier to manage. It’s also useful to know that some companies will let you make these changes ahead of your move, all they’ll need is your new address and the date that you want the changes to be in effect from. This can be very useful for things like your internet provider, which can avoid you having to go without internet for days/weeks after you’ve moved house.

6. Declutter your current property

As you start the process of packing up your old home, it gives you a good opportunity to declutter a little. Take the time to sort your things as you move and pack them. When you’re doing this, be sure to make a “not-taking” pile. Moving can be physically intense, especially if you have to do it one day. Make your job slightly easier by getting rid of the stuff you don’t need or use any more. Trust us, you’ll be thankful when it means a few less boxes come moving day. Don’t think you necessarily have to throw everything away either, depending on what it is and if it’s in good condition, you can donate some things to charity shops or sell them on platforms such as eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

7. Pack what you want to take with you

Label all your boxes!

Labelling all your boxes is the best way to organise your things during a move and helps to avoid rummaging through every box looking for one specific thing. It’s as simple as having designated and labelled boxes for each main room. An example of how you label them could be: Not every room will apply to your property, but it should give you an idea of what you should be doing. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also label what is in each box too, which can be useful if you have multiple boxes for a room. For example: Knowing where you have the necessities to make a cup of tea will be appreciated by you and any other people helping you move! You can go one step further than this and use an app to track exactly what you have in each box, which makes it easy to see where things are quick. Read our The Best 10 Apps to Make Moving Easier blog post for more information.

8. Ensure you have the essentials for the first night

One thing to make sure you don’t miss off your house moving checklist is the essentials for the first night. After a long and tiring day of moving boxes and furniture, the last thing you will want is to then have to search through every box just so you can find the things you need for a shower. Some of the things you’ll want to have easy access to are:

9. Clean, unpack & then relax!

So, now that you’ve prepped correctly, the next thing to do is to start the move! There'll be a lot to do on moving day, so do your best and don’t worry if things are still in boxes for a couple of days.

Unpacking

The first things to move are the big pieces, things like your sofa, bed and fridge. With these out of the way, you can start unpacking your hopefully well-organised and labelled boxes. Start with priority rooms like the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom - the rooms that you’ll have to use throughout the day. You’ll appreciate being able to lie down in bed at the end of the day with no last-minute faff. Remember, while it can be stressful, moving home is an exciting time in your life. So if you have to leave a few non-priority boxes to unpack the next day, that is perfectly fine.

Cleaning

While your new home is in a mostly empty state, it is the perfect time to make sure all the rooms are nice and clean. Even the tidiest of people will need to give the place a quick hoover, unpacking and moving always seems to make a bit of a mess - usually in the form of dust from things being moved around so much.

Relax

Now that you’ve finally moved in and unpacked, it’s time to relax! You’ve earned it.

Looking for somewhere to store your items whilst you move?

The process of moving house can be stressful, especially if you need to move everything in one day. A good way of relieving some of that pressure can be by renting a personal storage unit, to store some of your belongings ahead of time, then you can move them into your new house at your leisure. This can be particularly useful while you wait for any storage deliveries such as shelving, wardrobes or cupboards. We offer a range of self-storage units which range in size from enough storage space for a 1-bedroom flat to enough storage for a 4-5 bedroom house. We have a range of locations across the country, so you’ll be sure to find a storage solution that suits you, starting from as little as £17.30 per week.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the essentials for moving house?

How soon before moving should I start packing?

If possible, it is recommended to start the packing process as early as 6 weeks before. Initially, this will be made up of tasks such as decluttering and cleaning. By the 2 weeks before, you should start boxing up non-priority items that you can live without. Then, as you get closer to the moving day, start packing more priority things. Some things like bedding will need to be packed on the day.Moving can be a stressful process. There are a lot of moving parts at each stage of the moving journey. It can be difficult to even know where to start, let alone keeping track of everything when you’re mid-process. Any help with any part of the moving process can help to reduce stress. So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best moving apps we recommend to help make moving easier.

The Best 10 Moving Apps

1. Mortgage Calculator UK - Free | IOS + Android

To potential new homeowners, the thought of finding and taking out a mortgage can be a bit overwhelming. Trying to find out the amount of money you can borrow from the bank can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to work out things like potential bills and other monthly costs alongside it. The Mortgage Calculator UK app can help you figure out how much you should borrow, rather than what you could. Then you can work out how much your monthly repayments and interest will be. You can use it as an estimate against your salary to work out how much you can borrow while leaving enough for bills.

2. Rightmove UK - Free | IOS + Android

Now that you know how much you can borrow, it’s time for the fun part - looking for houses you like within your budget. The Rightmove UK app is one of the best apps to have when moving because you can search for properties via area, budget and requirements, for example; a 3 bed semi-detached house. Another great feature of the app is that each property shown will have useful information attached to it, such as how close it is to amenities, schools and what public transport is available.

3. Google Maps - Free | IOS + Android

There is a good chance that you’re already using Google Maps, as it’s one of the best apps for both navigation and for finding new places or services around you. Once you’ve found a house you like, you can use Google Maps to search the area, finding out how far away you are from major roads, train stations and services in the area such as restaurants, shops and gyms. You can use the directions feature on the app to see a rough estimate of how long it will take to get to any of these places, too. So it’s a great tool to find out how long your new commute might be from your new home.

4. Sortly Home Inventory - Free | IOS + Android

Sortly is a great app for cataloguing and keeping track of your belongings when mid-move. While there are paid plans, the free version app offers plenty of utility and should be enough to help organise your moving boxes. You can create and name folders, and then add items within them, including photos. This makes packing your things via room much easier, and stops the rummaging through every box to find that one thing you need after you have moved.

5. Around Me - Free | IOS + Android

In a similar vein to Google Maps, Around Me, can be used to find services, amenities and other points of interest. Unlike Google Maps, the map is specific to finding what’s around you, and can be filtered to find groups of things quicker, for example, showing only pubs around you. This app can be very useful when you first move to your new home, as it can help you get to grips with the area quickly and start to find your favourite spots.

6. Pocket Bubble Level - Free | IOS + Android

As the name suggests, this is a spirit level you can use on your phone. Once you’ve moved, having this app can be really handy for any initial DIY jobs you might run into when unpacking and decorating your new home. Since it’s on your phone, it is always likely to be on hand, which is convenient for quick jobs which you need to check are level, such as hanging up frames, paintings or shelves.

7. Dulux Visualiser - Free | IOS + Android

Painting and decorating can be a fun part of the process of settling into your new home. However, even when using tester pots, trying to figure out how a colour looks across an entire wall or room can be tricky. Using the Dulux Visualiser app can help to give you an idea of what a colour of paint will look like on your walls. It uses augmented reality technology to “replace” the current colour of your walls on your phone screen, letting you swap between multiple colours with ease. Not only can this help inspire you for a colour you might not have thought of, but also save you a lot of money on buying paint that you might hate after it's on every wall.

8. WhatsApp - Free | IOS + Android

Like with a couple of the apps on this list, there is a good chance you’re already using WhatsApp, but just in case you’re not, here is why you should probably download it. WhatsApp is a free messaging app which can be used for messages and calls, and can be used for both one to one and group messaging. It’s also end-to-end encrypted, so you won’t have to worry about security, either. This is one of the best apps to have when you first move, as it’ll easily let you have a channel to communicate with new neighbours and people you meet. The group messaging can be great for organising meet ups with friends and family.

9. Google Keep - Free | IOS + Android

Google Keep is a great app for keeping track of tasks. You can create separate task lists for different areas and then have the lists you need within them. For example, you can have a separate “things to buy” list and then another list for “things to organise before moving” list. Because moving house has so many moving parts, this can help you to keep track of everything and make sure nothing gets missed. The app is simple to use and allows for quick edits, which means you can add new tasks on the fly as they come up.

10. eBay

When you’re getting ready to move and everything is getting put in boxes, you often find things you no longer need. It can be a great chance to de-clutter, and for getting rid of things eBay can be very useful. You can list things for sale, which people can then buy from you. So not only are you decluttering a bit, but you might even find you get a nice bit of cash from it too. Of course, there are many options for apps to get rid of things you longer need, for white goods removal you might need to contact a removal service. Another option to consider is donating some unwanted items to a local charity shop.

If You Need Help With Storage

Moving homes can be a stressful experience, especially if you have a lot of things to move. One way you can reduce some of this stress is buying using a service that offers personal storage units, which can be used to temporarily store some of your belongings while you move. This can be particularly useful while you wait for any storage deliveries such as shelving, wardrobes or cupboards. We offer a range of self-storage units which range in size from enough storage space for a 1-bedroom flat, to enough storage for a 4-5 bedroom house. We have a range of locations across the country, so you’ll be sure to find a storage solution that suits, starting from as little as £17.30 per week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There an App to Help Move House?

There are many apps available which can be used to help make moving easier. Some apps, like Mortgage Calculator UK and Rightmove UK, can be used to make the initial stages of finding a property easier. Where apps like Sortly and Google Keep can help make the organisation stage of moving easier and less stressful.

How Can I Move with No Help?

If you’re moving with little or no help, there are some steps you can take to make things easier on yourself. Using organisation apps to help track what tasks you need to and by when will pay dividends. Also, buying moving boxes and then packing/labelling them by room will help organise your belongings and make unpacking easier. You can supplement this with organisation apps like Sortly, so you can digitally keep track of what’s in each box.Now that flexible working is becoming more and more popular, there is an increasing number of people needing a dedicated space at home from which they can work comfortably. Because of this, it is becoming increasingly popular for people to turn their garage into a home office setup. Turning a garage into an office first requires consideration about planning permission and building regulations. After that, getting a professional to sort out the plumbing, electrics and heating is recommended. Only then can you start getting on with decorating and furnishing your new office space. Using a storage unit should also be considered, as they will easily store anything you need to hold on to, but can’t keep in your garage. In this article, we’ll be covering everything mentioned above in more detail, so you can be fully informed on what you need when converting your garage into an office.

Is Your Garage Suitable To Convert Into An Office?

Before you get started with converting your garage into an office, you need to make sure that it’s suitable and that there are no structural issues. The easiest and best way to do this would be to hire a surveyor, who will be able to assess the space and check it is safe and ready for the conversion. Most brick or solid block garages will be suitable for a conversion into an office, from a structural standpoint. However, it is likely that a lot of work will be required to turn it into a safe and comfy living space.

Is Planning Permission Required?

Before starting any work on converting your garage, it is important to check if you’ll need any planning permission. As a general rule of thumb, any internal work shouldn’t need planning permission. This includes things like putting up plasterboard and painting the walls, laying down flooring or sorting out the electrics/plumbing. If you are separating the garage from your house or changing the external size of it, you will need to get planning permission. Before starting any external work, it’s always worth checking if planning permission is needed. 

What Building Regulations Need To Be Met?

Some councils will ask to check that your space is suitable for living/working in. This may include things like whether the structure is sound, if it’s fireproofed, has efficient electrics and good ventilation. We recommend checking with your local council before you start work, so that no headaches develop later down the line.

Preparing Your Garage For A Home Office Conversion

Before you can start any work on your new office space, you’ll need to prep the space. Typically, garages are used for storage, so there is a good chance you’ll need to have a bit of a clear out. To make your life easier, we advise that you completely clear out your garage before starting any work. Another thing that is good to get sorted out early are the necessities like your heating, plumbing, electrics and ventilation. A small, dark-coloured office. There is camera gear scattered around the room, with a big studio light being used to light the area

Plumbing, Heating & Electrics

If your garage doesn’t have them sorted already, getting in a professional to sort out any plumbing, heating and electrics you might need doing to make your garage office-to-be is a comfortable space you’d like to stay in. Having a professional sort these out will make sure they are up to regulation. Remember that depending on your garage, it could get cold during the winter months, so having proper heating in place, like radiators, will be key to staying warm. It’s also recommended looking into insulation for your garage. This will help to keep the heat in your space, therefore helping to keep your bills a bit cheaper.

Natural Lighting

If at all possible, we recommend adding in a way of bringing in natural light into your garage office. This could be through the installation of some windows or by adding in some roof windows or skylights. Garages can be a bit dark, so adding in natural light will not only brighten up the space, but also make it feel bigger.

Ventilation

Linked into the use of windows or skylights, having plenty of natural ventilation will help to air out the room, making it feel fresher. This has a practical benefit of reducing moisture built up in the room and keeping a flow of fresh air. Overall, this helps with improving air quality and reducing the chance of condensation or mould.

Making Your Garage Look Like An Office

It goes without saying that most garages normally don’t look very comfortable to work all day in, most are grey, brick rooms. There are some easy tips to implement that can make the space feel less like a garage and more like an office you’ll love to spend time in. a man is working on a laptop, sat on a dark sofa in a garage office. There are brick walls in the background

Flooring

Most garage floors are made out of concrete, and I think you’ll agree that a cold, hard, grey floor isn’t the most appealing of surfaces to have in a living space. Instead, installing a new floor can make a huge difference in making your garage office feel and look comfier. Before installing a new floor of your choice, it’s also important to check your original floor is level and flat. If it isn’t, you may need to lay a level floor down first, made out of something like a chipboard. You can then layer your new floor on top of this for a nice finish.

Decorating & Furnishing Your New Garage Office

Assuming you’ve followed any of the previous points that you needed, you should now have a clear, practical room, with nice lighting, utilities and a good floor. Next up is the fun bit, you get to decorate and furnish your office however you like. This is obviously up to personal preference, so have fun making your ideal office space. However, here are a few things we’d recommend you think about including:

Plasterboard Your Walls

Most garages have brick or concrete walls, so unless you like the look of them, plastering your walls, so they’re ready for painting, can really help to make the space feel more like an office than a garage.

High Quality Chair

If you’re going to spend money on anything, it should probably be the chair you’ll be sitting in all day. This will help with posture and back support, and generally make being in your new garage office much more enjoyable.

The Finishing Touches

Fitting your office with the little details and finishing touches will really help to make the space feel more personal and “lived in”. At the end of the day, this should be a space you enjoy working and being in, so anything that helps to achieve that is a more than worthwhile addition. Whether that be desk knick-knacks or a shelf full of your favourite books.

Save Space When Turning Your Garage Into An Office

Garages are typically used as a place for storage, and often, as a place to dump things you don’t want in your house. When converting your garage into an office space, you’ll need a place to store the things you’ve collected but don’t want to throw away.

A Storage Unit Could Be The Solution You Need

Storage units are a great way to store extra things you won’t have room for in your garage office-to-be. Our options for Self-Storage cover a range of locations across the UK. One of our storage units that can fit the contents of a standard single garage starts from as little as £20 per week, and gives you the space you need to make your dream garage office. If you’re thinking about using a storage unit, we have plenty of guides on things to know when using a storage unit across a long period of time, which can help to keep your belongings in the best shape possible.

Conclusion

When considering turning your garage into an office, you'll need to make sure that it’s up to current building regulations and check if you’ll need planning permission for any of the work. Making your garage comfortable for living in, by getting the electrics, heating and plumbing sorted, will go a long way, as will adding sources of natural light and ventilation through windows or skylights.  A storage unit can be very useful for keeping the things you’ve taken out of your garage and will ensure they stay safe and sound. Lastly, have fun with how you decorate it. This should be a space you enjoy working in and want to spend time in. If you have any questions about what kind of storage unit you might need to accommodate your garage’s possessions, feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Turn My Garage Into An Office?

The short answer is yes! Typically, garages aren’t made to be habitable. But with some insulation, plasterboard and some hard work on decorating, you can make a great looking office you can enjoy working in.

Do I Need Planning Permission To Turn My Garage Into An Office?

If the work that needs to be done is only internal, such as plasterboard and flooring, then planning permission shouldn’t be needed. If the work needed is external, such as separating the garage from the house or extending the outside area, then planning permission might be needed. Contact your local council to find out if you’ll need planning permission.Are you struggling with more clothes than wardrobe space? Are unneeded winter coats or summer swimsuits taking up essential space? Using some long-term clothing storage is a great solution. If you’re going to go down this route, it’s important to do it properly. It can be tempting to just shove clothes in the back of your wardrobe - but this isn’t exactly conducive to keeping your clothes in good condition. Over time, they’ll only get damaged, and you’ll be left kicking yourself. Follow the steps set out in this comprehensive guide from ANVSJ. We cover how to get the most out of storage, how to keep your clothes fresh, and more.

What clothes should I put in storage?

Storing clothes long term is perfect for any excess wardrobe that you want to keep but don’t have space for. Whether it’s off-season clothes such as winter coats or skiwear, items that you’re selling second-hand online, or sentimental items, such as children’s clothes, taking them out of your day-to-day wardrobe will help you free up space and stay organised

10 steps to storing clothing long term

1. Sort through your wardrobe

organising clothing on a rail Take this opportunity to sort through your entire wardrobe. And let’s face it - this is probably overdue. It may be time-consuming, but combing through your clothing collection, and picking out items you don’t need any more, is the best place to start. It’s worth spending this time doing this at the start of the process, to avoid finishing putting things into storage, and realising that you missed something out after putting your boxes away.   There may be some things that you want to get rid of completely. Items that are in good condition can be donated to charity, or to a friend. Or, if you’re not sure if you’re ready to part with something, but you’re also not wearing it regularly - it can go into the storage pile.

2. Take an inventory of what you’re putting into storage

taking an inventory   Taking inventory is important, especially when using external storage facilities. You want to make sure that you have a record of what’s going in your storage containers for a few reasons. Firstly, so that you can get a reminder of what’s in there. Especially when your belongings are in there for the long haul - it can be hard to remember the specifics of what’s in there and what isn’t.  Additionally, an inventory is used to account for everything you’ve put in the storage unit so that you can prove it was stored there in the case of an insurance claim. Of course, accidents warranting an insurance claim are the worst-case scenario - but it’s still important to insure against them. 

3. Wash and dry clothing properly before storing

washing and drying clothing Since they’ll be in an enclosed space for long periods of time, it’s the best way to protect your clothes against any unpleasant developments such as mould, mildew and bad smells. Additionally, clothing stains become harder to remove over time, so it’s better to get any spots or specks out before they get boxed up. Additionally, dirt and debris on clothes can attract bugs such as moths. Washing will help keep everything pest free. Make sure to dry clothes properly after you wash them to keep them smelling fresh, and prevent any damp build-up. Although you might think that ironing is a good option prior to storage, it’s actually unnecessary. And, if you’re storing clothes in boxes, you may actually end up creating some long-lasting creases by ironing before storing them. Instead, we recommend ironing after you take clothes, like shirts, out of storage again. 

4. Clean and Polish boots and shoes

clean and polishing shoes Just like the rest of your clothes, cleaning your shoes before storage is another essential. Dust and dirt left on shoes may cause discolouration and stains during storage. So - taking the time to clean and polish them before packing them away, will prevent permanent damage. And, they’ll also be ready to wear straight away, the next time you get them out of storage.

5. Collect your accessories together

necklace on top of books If you have lots of accessories you’re not going to use for the time being, resist the temptation to chuck them in any old box. Things like jewellery may have their own boxes for safekeeping, but if you have stray necklaces, rings, hair clips, etc, we recommend using a small bag or box to keep them in. This will stop you from losing, or breaking, anything precious. Equally, you may want to collect other items together like belts and hats so that it's easier to find them at the end of your storage rental.

6. Choose the right storage containers

The containers that you use for storing your clothes are also important. There’s no point in carefully preparing your clothes if the box or bag you put them in won’t protect them well. There are different receptacles that you can use for storage, aside from the standard box. The best option for clothes that can go on a hanger, is a ‘wardrobe box’. Yes - you can get a wardrobe in a box! Cardboard boxes with an inbuilt clothes rail are the perfect way to keep shirts and dresses in perfect condition. No folding is required - and they double up as a place to store the hangers as well.  Or, you might prefer plain old boxes. In terms of plastic vs cardboard - it’s best to store clothing in cardboard boxes wherever possible because they’re breathable. Plastic on the other hand can trap moisture, and lead to mould and mildew growth.  Reused cardboard is also an eco-friendly choice. Especially if you have some lying around already - it’s good to reuse and recycle them wherever possible. And you can fit a lot of neatly folded clothes in a well-organised box. Vacuum-packed bags can also be a good option if you’re trying to store a high volume of clothes in a smaller space. Items like padded jackets won’t necessarily experience any detriment in vacuum-packed bags. However, you may find that more delicate materials such as satin, or linen will come out of storage with lots of creases. Generally, this is rectifiable - but it’s something to take into consideration. Regardless of what storage receptacle you choose - make sure you have enough to comfortably fit all your items inside. Over packing boxes or over filling bags will only lead to breakages that damage your stuff further down the line. 

7. Take care when packing

packaging items for storage All your careful preparation goes to waste if you don’t pack properly. Make sure any smaller bags or boxes for accessories are safely secured so that nothing spills out in transit. It’s also important to make sure that nothing accidentally gets put in storage by mistake, so that you save yourself the stress of having to unpack clothes from storage just to find it. Laying your prepared clothes out into piles, and packing them into designated, labelled boxes - is the best way to keep organised when packing. You might think that you’ll remember what’s in each box without proper labels - but it’s likely that you won’t. Label now, to make your life easier, later. If you want to take extra care, you can spray your clothing with an insect repellant, or throw in some moth balls to keep those insects at bay, Make sure you seal all your boxes properly so that you know that you’re the only person that’s opened them. Taping things up securely also keeps dust and any potential pests out. It’s the final step in keeping your clothes safe throughout storage, so don’t give up at the final hurdle!

8. Picking a storage location that’s convenient for you

Take some time to consider your options in terms of where you store your clothing. First things first - if you do have a loft or other extra storage space, you can store your clothes at home and save yourself the journey. But, if you’re tight on space, then a self-storage facility is the best route forward. Choose a reliable facility that’s close to home - so that it’s easy to access whenever you need to. It’s also a good idea to check in on your belongings from time to time during long storage contracts.

Long-term clothing storage from ANVSJ

If you’re based in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire - ANVSJ is a great affordable storage solution in your area. We proudly offer high-quality, secure sites for prices that undercut the big names in self-storage. So, you can store clothes for longer, for lower prices when you store with us.  All of our sites provide: Enquire today, to get a quote for your storage needs.

Conclusion

Storing clothing long-term doesn't have to be a hassle. By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your clothes looking and smelling fresh for years to come. Remember to clean everything before storing, use the proper storage containers, keep clothing in a cool, dry place, use natural repellents to deter insects, and check on your clothing regularly. Do your research to find a local storage facility that’s secure, and offers reasonable prices, so that you get peace of mind without breaking the bank.  With these simple steps, you can ensure that your clothes are well-protected and ready to wear whenever you’re ready to bring them home. And, you’ll free up valuable storage space in the meantime. Enjoy your streamlined home! Whether you’re going to university, moving out in your 20s, or 30s, moving out of your parent's house is an exciting time. But, sorting through a lifetime of belongings can be easier said than done. So, the ANVSJ team has compiled a list of 10 steps to follow, that will make the process as simple and streamlined as possible.

1. Plan a time frame and moving date

Before you start the process of moving house, it’s important to get a good plan in place. Starting from your planned moving date, you can work out a time frame for your different organisation and packing tasks.  As any frequent movers will tell you – it’s always better to start packing sooner rather than later. Some things will have to wait until the last minute, such as packing up bed frames, and essentials like daily toiletries. Other tasks, such as sorting out belongings to keep, and things to get rid of, can start much earlier in your timeline. You can also factor in if you need to move all your belongings in over one day, or if you’ll have several days to move things over. 

2. Work out your budget

If you have the budget, it’s advisable to organise help with the moving process wherever possible. Don’t simply rely on the help of your parents if you want to avoid a stressful moving day!  Once you’ve got your timeframe for moving house, take your budget, and the belongings you’re taking with you into consideration. If you’re moving to a local furnished house, and just have a few boxes to bring, a car trip or two may suffice. Or if you’re moving bigger items and heavy furniture, it’s best to rent a van or the help of a removal company. You can also consider using the services of a self storage company, like ANVSJ, to get some of your unneeded furniture and belongings out of the way. Whether it’s long-term, or short-term – this can be a really useful tool for decluttering and storing things you won’t be bringing straight to your new house. This will make it easier to pack up the things you are bringing with you.  Find out more about our storage unit options for moving house, here! 

3. Save money ahead of your moving day

Moving house is a costly process, so make sure that you plan ahead and practice financial responsibility in the run-up to your move. As well as your housing deposit, you’ll also need to save up for all the other costs you’ve factored into your house-moving budget, like petrol, removal companies, and decorating your new house. It’s really important to make sure that you’re financially stable before making the move out of your parent’s house.  So, aside from moving costs - make sure to look at the income, and savings that you have, relevant to the costs of your new home. Building credit is also important for renters and mortgage payers alike. Landlords and estate agents will run credit checks as part of applications to rent, and for mortgage approval, so it’s essential to build a good credit score ahead of moving out. When the time comes, if you can square your monthly income, or student loan with the cost of rent or a mortgage, then you’re ready to make the move.  If it seems like your budget is going to be stretched, then you may want to consider a cheaper property.

4. Book removal services in advance

If you decide to book the services of a removal company or storage facility, make sure to contact them ahead of time to avoid disappointment. You’re more likely to get your preferred removal date secured, the more notice you give. And, it’s best to have any storage units booked in advance for peace of mind that your move will go to plan.

5. Sort through your belongings

Moving out of your parent’s house is the perfect opportunity to sort through belongings that you no longer need. Whether it’s old books and toys you haven’t touched for years, or clothes you no longer want – seize this opportunity to sort through it all before you move. That way, there’s less clutter to sort out once you’re in your new home or university accommodation.  Use three piles when sorting out your belongings: 

6. Be organised when packing

It can be all too easy to rush the packing process and shove your things in boxes in any old order. This approach may be quicker at the time, but when it comes to unpacking, it will come back to bite you. Some top tips for organised packing include:

7. Discuss any items to leave at your parent’s house

Your family may be able to help you out with storing things that you don’t have space for in your new home. Especially when it comes to sentimental items, that they also have a vested interest in keeping. So, discuss your options with them. Do they have an attic or a garage in which you can leave a few boxes in? Will the spare room be yours to use when you come back to visit? Discuss these arrangements ahead of time, so you can make alternative arrangements if you don’t have space for all of your belongings in your new home. If there isn’t space at your family home for belongings that you’re not ready to part with, then self-storage is the perfect solution. With ANVSJ’s low prices, you can keep things in our safe and secure units based across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire. Or, if you’re based elsewhere in the country, simply Google your nearest storage facility. If your parents have limited space, then moving your belongings elsewhere is the way to avoid additional stress or strain on relationships. 

8. Ask for help setting up your new home

It’s easy to underestimate just how much work moving house can take – so don’t try to do it all alone. Whether it's from family or friends, drafting in some help is the best way to avoid burnout in the moving process. Trying to do all the jobs yourself can lead to more stress and chaos. So - call in some favours and get a team of volunteers to help you make your home feel like home in record time. You can return the favour by helping others move house in the future.

9. Get the details for your utility providers

Once you’re moved in, one of the important tasks on your to-do list is to make sure that you know who the current utility providers are so that you can set up your own accounts. If you don’t have letters waiting for you, you can ask your landlord or previous owner to provide this information. Key utilities in the UK include:  You should also look into setting up a postal redirection service, so that any important letters, including bills – can be forwarded to your new address, cutting out the need for your family to pass them onto you.

10. Throw a house-warming

After all the hard work that goes into moving house, It’s time to celebrate! Moving out of your parents’ house can be an emotional, stressful experience, but there’s also a lot to look forward to. As well as the sense of achievement that comes along with getting to this milestone. Whether it’s a meal with your new housemates or inviting people over for a full-blown party – it’s nice to do something with friends or family in honour of this new chapter in life.

Ready to move out of your parent’s house?

Follow these steps to help your house move go smoothly. And remember – in addition to local removal companies, storage units can be a really useful tool to declutter your family home, as you make the move elsewhere. They’re also useful for storing clothes or belongings that you’re planning on selling online.  ANVSJ provides self-storage, business storage, vehicle storage, and office space services in Derbyshire, Lancaster, and South Yorkshire. Contact us, or make an enquiry today for more information on how we can help you. [contact-form-7 id="649" title="Contact Us Blog"]